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02 September 2021
Pianist Fergus McCreadie receives two nominations in Jazz FM Awards

Scottish pianist Fergus McCreadie is among the nominees announced for the Jazz FM Awards 2021 with nominations in both the Album of the Year and UK Act of the Year categories.

 

McCreadie’s latest release, Cairn, issued on Edition Records, shares the Album of the Year category with artists including saxophone legend Pharoah Sanders, trumpeter Matthew Halsall and rising star of the UK scene, saxophonist Nubya Garcia.

 

The awards, organised with PPL and PRS for Music, recognise an array of artists from the UK and abroad who have made a significant impact on jazz and associated musics. This year's ceremony will take place at Under the Bridge in West London on October 28th and will be available to livestream via Jazz FM. The Awards celebrate music created and released between January 1st 2020 and the end of May 2021 to reflect the jazz community's enduring creativity and innovation during the pandemic.

 

As announced in a special Jazz FM programme hosted by Anne Frankenstein, nominees this year include chart-topping singer Celeste, London soul collective SAULT, US pianist and singer Jon Batiste, fast-rising trumpeter Emma-Jean Thackray, the outstanding blues singer Ruthie Foster, neo-soul singer-songwriter Ego Ella May, revered British-Italian singer Georgia Mancio, and the legendary alto saxophonist Gary Bartz. The recipients of the special award categories - Lifetime Achievement Award, Gold Award and Impact Award - will be announced in due course.

 

The full list of nominees is as follows:


BLUES ACT OF THE YEAR

Eric Bibb

Marcus Bonfanti

Ruthie Foster

BREAKTHROUGH ACT OF THE YEAR

Jas Kayser

Nathaniel Cross

Secret Night Gang

 

THE DIGITAL AWARD

Bandcamp Fridays

jazz re:freshed

Kansas Smitty's

 

THE INNOVATION AWARD sponsored by Mishcon de Reya

Blue Note Re:imagined

EFG London Jazz Festival

SAULT

 

INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR

Amanda Whiting

Daniel Casimir

Ed 'Tenderlonious' Cawthorne

 

INTERNATIONAL JAZZ ACT OF THE YEAR sponsored by Travelzoo

Christian McBride

Gary Bartz

Maria Schneider

 

SOUL ACT OF THE YEAR

Ego Ella May

Jon Batiste

Omar

 

VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Celeste

Ego Ella May

Georgia Mancio

 

PUBLIC VOTE CATEGORIES

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Fergus McCreadie: Cairn

Floating Points, London Symphony Orchestra, and Pharoah Sanders: Promises

Jon Batiste: WE ARE

Matthew Halsall: Salute To The Sun

Nubya Garcia: SOURCE

SAULT: UNTITLED (Black Is)

 

UK JAZZ ACT OF THE YEAR

Archipelago

Emma-Jean Thackray

Fergus McCreadie

 

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